Four innocent people have been shot dead and at least four more wounded after a gunman opened fire inside a cathedral in Brazil then killed himself.
The man entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, 60 miles from Sao Paulo, just after Mass at around 1pm today before walking to the front and opening fire.
Police named the alleged shooter as 49-year-old Euler Fernando Gandolfo – a systems analyst with no criminal record.
Globo News reported that the suspect used two handguns to fire into the congregation before shooting himself dead at the altar after randomly targeting and killing worshippers.
The suspect is believed to be among the fatalities and was allegedly shot first by an officer before taking his own life.
At least 20 shots were allegedly fired by the gunman, who police say could have been shot once by officers before he turned the weapon on himself.
An eye witness said the shooting happened right after Mass was celebrated and that the officiating priest had left before the killing began.
One victim was killed at the door of the cathedral, with paramedics seen treating an injured person in the open doorway.
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Five people in total are said to have died, including the gunman, along with an 84-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman and a 40-year-old woman, all said to be among the injured survivors.
‘I had started to celebrate mass at 12:15 pm and at the end of the mass, a man entered and shot at his victims. Nobody was able to do anything,’ priest Amaury Thomazi said in a video published on social media.
An image of a man, thought to be Grandolpho, slumped on a pew near the altar with a gun in his hand has been confirmed as the suspect by police.
Security guard, Alexandre Moraes, told local media: ‘The people in the church were mostly elderly, innocent people, and he [the suspect] ended up firing on all these people. The scene is desperate, it is a very great tragedy.’